Relationship between spasticity in walking and hyperactive spinal reflexes

Researcher(s): Dr. Tania Lam

Researchers in Dr. Tania Lam’s lab are studying the day-to-day differences in muscle reflexes and the relationship between muscle reflexes and movement in people with and without spinal cord injury. Muscle activity and reflexes in the leg muscle will be measured during walking and sitting. The same experiment will be run twice, with about one week apart.

Why should you participate in this study?

Data collected from this study will help us understand the relationship between altered reflexes and problems in movements after spinal cord injury. It will also help us design better ways to measure spasticity.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • are  between 38-48 years old, and 59-65 years old (We are looking for these specific age ranges to match the age of our participants with spinal cord injury)
  • have no known injury or disease of the central nervous system.
  • are not wearing a pacemaker

Time commitment: Participants will visit the lab twice. Each visit will take about 1~1.5 hours.
There is no compensation for participation in this study

The study will take place at ICORD in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (818 W. 10th Avenue, Vancouver)

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator Alison Williams by email or call 604-675-8815